ACMA changes VHF radio qualification

THE Australian Communiactions and Media Authority (ACMA) is celebrating World Maritime Day with the launch of the marine radio Australian Waters Qualification (AWQ).

This means that boaters who use a VHF marine radio in Australian Territorial Waters (within 12 nautical miles of the coast) are now able to apply for the more appropriate marine radio AWQ.

The ACMA has recently approved this new qualification for inclusion in the marine radio class licence, which is now available from all registered training organisations that have included it in their scope. To help you learn about the correct VHF marine radio procedures and protocols, we have developed an online training package, which is available from the ANZSBEG website.

ACMA has also developed an AWQ page on our website that sets out the benefits of getting qualified and links to the training package mentioned above.

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